Thursday, September 15, 2011

Miniature Jar Candles Become Spice Jars

Have you tried those little $1 jar candles from Walmart?  Love! Them!  The price is great, so I don't feel like I have to be stingy with how long I burn it.  I love that they are in cute little jars.  And they have a nice fragrance.  Well, when you are finished with them, you can remove the wax, wash them well, and they become GREAT little spice jars!

To remove the wax while it is still alittle bit soft, cut the remaining wax disc at the bottom into 4 pieces and pop them out.  Or pop the whole jar into the freezer for an hour, and the frozen wax is easy to pop out, break apart, and remove.  Then hot water and dish soap will remove the remaining residue.

This week I needed Pumpkin Pie Spice.  And as usual, I didn't have any...this happened to me last fall too.  So I googled a recipe for making your own, put those 4 ingredients together, and popped them into an empty candle jar.  Our label maker was handy and quick, so I made a label and now I have enough for the whole season!  Wouldn't this make a cute gift?

These jars are wide mouthed, so it is easy to scoop out the needed measurement of each spice.  And if you feel crafty, go ahead and print out some labels on your computer, mat them on cute scrapbook paper, and attach with a neat slice of clear packing tape over it all.

You can easily see when it's time to stock up on a spice, too!

Did you know that pumpkin pie spice is just cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg?  I figure I saved several dollars by making it myself at home.

The little jar to the right that contains cilantro is one I probably bought at Hobby Lobby.  But actually I prefer these 'free' jars for their size, shape, and easy lid removal.  So from now on I'll be accumulating them til I have all that I need for the spices of which I keep larger amounts.  I need one for my large stash of dried rosemary next.
There are good recipes online for homemade steak seasoning too.  It would look so savory in a jar, and with a cute label would make such a fun gift or party favor.

Can't wait to pick out my next new $1 candle at Walmart!  Something spicy and fall-ish, for sure.

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  1. What a great idea! Now, I just need to burn my $1 candles so that they eventually are empty! :) I got their pumpkin spice one a couple weeks ago.... its pretty yummy! :)

  2. Love this idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    I have larger candles, so I'll use the empty jars for homemade taco seasoning mix.

  3. Have you tried those little $1 jar candles from Walmart? Love! Them! The price is great, so I don't feel like I have to be stingy with how long I burn it.
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